Scope 3 Emissions
The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard classifies a company's GHG emissions into three 'scopes':
- Scope 1 emissions: direct emissions from owned or controlled sources.
- Scope 2 emissions: indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy.
- Scope 3 emissions: all indirect emissions (not included in scope 2) that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissions.
According to CDP, a company’s supply chain emissions are on average 5.5 times larger than its Scope 1 and 2 emissions, it is therefore crucial that businesses tackle Scope 3 emissions to meet the aims of the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to 1.5°C.
There are numerous benefits associated with measuring and reducing Scope 3 emissions. By measuring Scope 3 emissions, organisations can:
- assess where the emission hotspots are in their value chain;
- identify resource and energy risks in their supply chain;
- identify which suppliers are leaders and which are laggards in terms of their sustainability performance;
- identify energy efficiency and cost reduction opportunities in their value chain;
- engage suppliers and assist them to implement sustainability initiatives;
- improve the energy efficiency of their products; and
- positively engage with employees to reduce emissions from business travel and employee commuting.
While some companies have begun addressing their Scope 3 emissions, action in this area remains limited.
Webinar Series: Reducing Scope 3 Emissions
To support companies to reduce emissions across their value chains, the UN Global Compact Network UK will be hosting a series of short webinars exploring how companies can reduce their Scope 3 emissions through the lens of key Scope 3 categories as defined in the GHG Protocol.
Companies who have already started on their journey to identify, measure and reduce their Scope 3 emissions will share their approach.
6 October, 11 -11:30am GMT: CATEGORY 1: PURCHASED GOODS AND SERVICES - Guest Speaker: Dorothée D’Herde, Head of Sustainable Business at Vodafone. Register here.